Guiding Values Discussed by Chattanooga Gentlemen
The definition of gentleman originally referred to someone who came from a good family – meaning landed gentry or nobility. While the concept of a gentleman no longer depends on wealth, it does often still include coming from a good family. These seven local gentlemen all credit their families as examples of love, service, and sacrifice in their lives, and dive into how they’ve put those lessons into practice by living well and serving their communities.
“Who I am and what I do definitely started with watching my mother engage in the community and be of service to others. Although I did not truly appreciate it at the time, those moments planted a seed for service, eventually recognizing that my work and impact could not be just about me – it was bigger.
Reflecting on the teachers and mentors I’ve had in my life, it was not surprising that as I got older, I gravitated towards organizations like Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. and the Presidential Leadership Scholars – both helping individuals impact their community and this world. This bent towards service is why I returned home to Chattanooga and has continued throughout my career. The work I do now centers around creating inclusive cultures and spaces where people feel a sense of belonging and connection.
My legacy is to have made an impact by inspiring others to live purposefully and share their unique talents with the world. May our work and the flame we ignite guide future generations.”
(Above) Wade A. Hinton, Esq. (He/him)
Founder and CEO, Hinton & Company